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Norway says no to Syria chemical weapons destruction. Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende announced Norway had decided to reject the request Friday morning. The decision was made based on technical, legal and time constraints that the Minister of Foreign Affairs argued would make it difficult for the country to take on the task. “It is not an easy conclusion for us to draw, because it is something the Norwegian people and Norway want to contribute to,” stated Foreign Minister Brende during the press conference.

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Norway says no to Syria chemical weapons destruction

Published on Friday, 25th October, 2013 at 14:10 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.
Last Updated on 30th October 2013 at 21:26.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende announced Norway had decided to reject the request Friday morning.

Norway Foreign Minister Børge Brende
Norway Foreign Minister Børge Brende
Photo: M.B. Haga/Ministry of Foreign Affairs


The decision was made based on technical, legal and time constraints that the Minister of Foreign Affairs argued would make it difficult for the country to take on the task.

“It is not an easy conclusion for us to draw, because it is something the Norwegian people and Norway want to contribute to,” stated Foreign Minister Brende during the press conference.

The U.S. had requested last month for Norway to help with destroying 50 metric tons of mixed chemicals in the form of mustard gas and around 300 to 500 metric tons of materials needed to make nerve agents.

This had UN support, with the Security Council have passed a resolution that all chemical weapons present should be taken out of Syria by the end of the year.

Several other countries had also been asked, including Belgium and Albania. The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs could not confirm which countries are still considering the request.

He added that Norway had evaluated the request thoroughly in consultation with the U.S. in recent days, but concluded that there was no reason to further the assessments.

“We have agreed with the United States, who made the request, that Norway can better contribute in other areas,” stated Mr. Brende.

Norway has already given NOK 850 million in humanitarian efforts to Syria. The government will now look into how they can continue to help economically or through more humanitarian needs.

“We will consider whether we can set up additional personnel, and if we can contribute more inspectors,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The Norwegian government still wants to help directly in destroying the arms through technical expertise, information or provision of equipment.

Syria is expected to hand over a list of all chemical weapons present in the country to Nobel Peace Prize winner OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) sometime during today.




Published on Friday, 25th October, 2013 at 14:10 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.
Last updated on 30th October 2013 at 21:26.

This post has the following tags: syriaweapons, norway.





  
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